Climate effective

Reusable crates reduces CO2

Half of Sweden’s fresh produce deliveries to the grocery retail trade use Svenska Retursystem’s reusable crates. By using reusable crates instead of disposable packaging, the industry reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 36.129 tonnes during 2021.

Three sustainability benefits of reusable crates:

  • Climate-smart: A life cycle analysis* from 2016 reveals that reusable crates reduced CO2e emissions by 78 per cent, compared with equivalent disposable packaging.
  • Reduces food waste: The reusable crate protects the primary packaging from impacts and is sturdy enough to cope with stacking and loading. The design of the reusable crate means that the amount of scrapping and waste is reduced.
  • Reuse rather than recycling: Since the start, the reusable crates have replaced over 2 billion pieces of disposable packaging.
  • The resuable crates have a lifespan of 15 years and are used on average about 150 times.

The life cycle analysis for Svenska Retursystem’s whole crate model was prepared in 2016. It was carried out by Master’s students from the energy-environment-management engineering programme at Linköping University. RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, has reviewed and verified the analysis implemantation and that the report corresponds to the ISO standard for LCA.


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